One of the oldest alumni traditions at the University of Kentucky is the College of Agriculture’s Roundup event. As in past years, the Interim Committee on Agriculture met during Roundup on the university’s campus. The event is an opportunity for the school to celebrate its successes and to highlight to alumni and prospective students and their families the many current programs it offers. The college is now known as U.K.’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environment to more aptly reflect the broader scope and depth of the programs being offered, according to Dr. Scott Smith, dean of the college. We saw this firsthand through the exhibit show and tour after the meeting. We also heard from the college’s chief economist on the importance of Kentucky’s bourbon, tobacco and horse exports to the world market.
The following week the Interim Joint Committee on Education heard from school districts in Danville, Eminence, Jefferson and Taylor Counties on the “Districts of Innovation” program. This program is a result of 2012’s House Bill 37 that provided the framework for selected school districts to use innovative, research-based teaching methods to better meet the needs of students. With this designation, teachers are allowed to tailor instruction to meet each student’s learning style, needs and goals, and to allow students to progress through subject material at their own pace. Committee members were pleased to learn this initiative is increasing college and career-readiness in our young people. Other school districts can apply for the designation later this year.
The work of the interim will continue as we move into fall. Your input is invaluable, so please contact me in Frankfort toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 with any issues or concerns. More information on the Kentucky General Assembly is available online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
Senator Stan Humphries (R-Cadiz) represents the 1st District including representing Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. He is the Chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, as well as the Vice-Chair of both the Education Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Agriculture Committee.